Merle Travis

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Birthday
29, 1917
Birthplace
Rosewood, KY
Death Date
Oct 20, 1983 (65)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
29, 1917
Birthplace
Rosewood, KY
Death Date
Oct 20, 1983 (65)

About

Singer who developed his own guitar playing style called "Travis picking" and who released hit songs like "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed" and "Sixteen Tons."

Before Fame

He learned the five-string banjo from his father and from his neighbors, among them the father of the future Everly Brothers. Travis learned picking techniques that allowed bass and melody lines to play at the same time.

Trivia

He wrote the million-copy-selling "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!" for Tex Williams. His own songs like "Divorce Me C.O.D" and "Three Times Seven" entered the Billboard top ten.

Family Life

He grew up in Rosewood, Kentucky, the son of a former tobacco farmer who turned to coal mining.

Associated With

Elvis Presley's guitarist who was influenced heavily by Travis, as were the Everly Brothers and many other respected artists.

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